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Communication Design: Graphic Design (MA)


Kingston University    Kingston School of Art

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years full time with a professional placement, 2 years part time

About the course

This course encourages the exploration and understanding of the methods and processes at work in contemporary visual communication, and will develop your personal practice and approach to graphic design.

It focuses on individual research and inquiry and helps you to better understand the significance of the wider cultural role of the visual designer. In addition, you will be introduced to disciplinary and interdisciplinary models of thinking that will underpin your own focused study on the course.

The emphasis on problem-finding, research methods and critical thinking is intended to enhance your long-term employment possibilities through an understanding of the changing global, technological and social context of design.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. Candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work.

Candidates with non-standard qualifications but with relevant experience are welcome to apply.


Fees

Home 2022/23
MA full time £10,260
MA part time £5,643

International 2022/23
MA full time £18,200
MA part time £10,010

Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Student Profile(s)

Kjerstin

"The first thing you should know about this course is that you will not be handed your MA on a silver platter, and that's the best part. You learn to widen your skill set and get different perspectives from a very lovely, international community. You will get to know some amazing and inspiring tutors who will always help you find the right questions to ask, and you will also learn from a variety of guest lecturers.

If I could do it again I would, because I have never felt as challenged yet so free as I felt during my time at Kingston."

Rubbie

"I had a really great experience on the Communication Design: Graphic Design MA at Kingston. We undertook group as well as personal projects. For the group project we worked with students from different design disciplines. This was not easy for me as English is not my native language, but these projects inspired me a lot during discussions, and I was positively influenced by the different perspectives from the diverse fields of design, and the cultural backgrounds of my fellow group members.

In the individual projects, we had two tutors who focused on different aspects of graphic design. They helped us to make our personal projects ambitious and perfect. During the course I learned a lot of new skills and developed my knowledge of graphic design. I am really grateful to be graduate of Kingston University."

Natasha

"Choosing Kingston University has been the best choice for my development as a designer. Through its interdisciplinary format this course stands out for any individual seeking to indulge in a thorough and informed design practice. The various studio facilities available made it possible to experiment and try out innovative concepts.

The curriculum is set out perfectly and provides various opportunities to prepare yourself for the professional world. The course has been challenging and very intense at times but there is no lack of support from the faculty and other technical staff.

The tutors are very competent, encouraging and supportive to each and every student and go that extra mile to further boost our contemplations without any compromise. The overall programme was very rewarding and enriching and a worthwhile experience."

Anna

"Studying Communication Design: Graphic Design MA at Kingston was,without any doubt, the best decision of my life so far. Not only as a graphic designer but as a person as well.

I met creative people who I still keep in touch with and are now great friends of mine; tutors whose encouragement and knowledge I cannot be grateful enough for; and the chance to studying in a cool, relaxed and inspiring space where I could research and do anything that I (literally) wished for.

If you get up with the wild idea of making an alphabet out of 2m long wooden letters, or to research and screen print rainbows for a month – and you can also explain why you want to do it – you will not just have a proper technical and theoretical background to support you, but also people who will encourage you to start doing it and will go with you on that road.

I came from a very practical BA so I really enjoyed looking at graphic design from a completely different point of view where the research process is just as important as the final outcome. I discovered the importance of meaning behind designing, and the interdisciplinary group projects have taught me many new things as well. The course gave me confidence and has opened doors to the creative industries."

Scholarships

Through the generous support of Kingston alumni to the Annual Fund, we offer approximately 20 postgraduate scholarships to UK students (classified as 'home' students for fees purposes) each year for courses starting in September. The aim is to encourage academic excellence and allow talented graduates to continue to higher levels of learning and research.

The scholarship offers a £3,000 (full time) or £1,500 (part time) reduction in fees for taught masters courses in the:

Kingston School of Art
Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000* (full time) or £1,500* (part time)

Eligibility

To be considered, you must:
- have already received an offer of a place to study at Kingston on an eligible course
- be classed as 'home' for fees purposes
- have a first-class honours in a previous degree with additional evidence of academic excellence

Application Procedure

Please visit: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding-your-course/scholarships/annual-fund-scholarship/


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Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to 3,500

Eligibility

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Application Procedure

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